Strange times make for strange bedfellows, and you’ll find no stranger bedfellows than Donald Trump, the GOP, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
The Russian email hacks and anti-Hillary Clinton “fake news” was bad enough, but now comes another twist. The New York Times reports that a man from the U.K. named James Dowson also had a major hand in all this.
He launched the so-called Patriot News Agency website back in July as Donald Trump emerged as the likely GOP nominee. However, unlike those high school kids from Macedonia who posted sensationalist fake news online so they could make money off the ads, Dowson has a deeper agenda: he wanted to get Mein Trumpf elected…and it worked.
— Chris Smith (@crsmithdev) December 17, 2016
According to The New York Times:
‘Patriot News — whose postings were viewed and shared tens of thousands of times in the United States — is among a constellation of websites run out of the United Kingdom that are linked to James Dowson, a far-right political activist who advocated Britain’s exit from the European Union and is a fan of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.’
Even more alarming, James Dowson spoke at International Russian Conservative Forum in 2015. This scary conference for right-wing leaders was held in March, 2015 in St. Petersburg.
‘A vocal proponent of Christian nationalist, anti-immigrant movements in Europe, Mr. Dowson, 52, has spoken at a conference of far-right leaders in Russia and makes no secret of his hope that Mr. Trump will usher in an era of rapprochement with Mr. Putin.’
In addition to publishing all that fake news, James Dowson also declared that his mission was to:
‘spread devastating anti-Clinton, pro-Trump memes and sound bites into sections of the population too disillusioned with politics to have taken any notice of conventional campaigning.’
After the election, the fake news publishing mogul gloated about how he and his “news” sites’ followers got Donald Trump elected by spreading vicious falsehoods. On his creepy Knights Templar International website (warning: page contains an animated GIF image that may induce seizures), James Dowson bragged:
‘This was the first election in world history where a cartoon frog helped settle the result! Pepe, plus a host of absurd but inventive photoshop jobs and gifs Often crudely re-purposed classic movie clips, spread devastating anti-Clinton, pro-Trump memes and soundbites into sections of the population too disillusioned with politics to have taken any notice of conventional campaigning by any candidate.’
The website then cheerily adds:
‘Our huge network of social media sites helped give some of these creations a reach of millions and, together, people like us helped change the course of history.’
As if that’s not scary enough, James Dowson insists his dirty work has just begun.
“But the Trump Revolution has only won the opening battle. The Elite Enemy are regrouping. They’ll be back and we have to organize and work to defeat them again.’
Oh, and speaking of strange alliances, guess whose ads helped pay for all of this?
— #IamAmerica (@iamamerica_co) December 17, 2016
Though, to be fair, many ad networks do not provide options for advertisers to choose where their ads appear.
WATCH: The so-called Patriotic News Network’s propaganda video with Donald Trump as “The American Gladiator.”
Once upon a time, Republicans were fierce cold warriors whose cherished icon President Ronald Reagan once called Russia (formerly the U.S.S.R.) the “Evil Empire” and called on then-premier Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!’ Now, you’ve got the President-elect and his party cozying up to the Kremlin while those “soft-on-communism” Democrats cry foul.
Even Fox News confirms that Russia launched the email hack that threw the 2016 election to Donald Trump, yet the GOP electors are still unlikely to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, because that would mean voting for Hillary Clinton. 30 of them may cast votes for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but that means the GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives would decide….and we’d still likely wind up with Donald Trump.